Where Does ‘Cuse Stand With Ricardo Ledo?
Ricardo Ledo’s standing with Syracuse is an intriguing situation. After de-committing from Providence in the middle of last season, the rising high school senior opened his recruitment back up, much to the relief of several top programs, including the Orange.
SU is reported to be after Ledo, and while he stands 6’6, he profiles as a shooting guard with a nose for scoring. His strengths come almost exclusive from his diversified array of offensive tools. He can shoot from anywhere on the court, can drive into traffic and finish with the best of them and contort his body while in the air. While he hasn’t put much focus into his defense, a 6’6 frame at the front of the zone can mask some (but by no means all) shortcomings on that end of the floor.
But on a team that figures to be chock full of scoring guards when Ledo starts his college career, it’s hard to project where he would fit at Syracuse if he were to pop for the Orange. At that point, Brandon Triche will be a senior, Dion Waiters will be a junior, and Michael Carter-Williams and Trevor Cooney will both enter the 2012-2013 season as sophomores. While nothing is guaranteed, Ledo profiles as someone who would play from the get-go, though most of the backcourt minutes could be spoken for by that point. However, if Waiters is still on the outs with Jim Boeheim, it could very well explain why the Orange is among the leaders in Ledo’s recruitment. There’s no new information on that front, but the relationship has definitely been strained in the past and it could be that SU’s involvement with Ledo is a sign of the staff planning for the potential of Waiters parting ways from the university, whether or not it’s on his own accord.
Following recruiting naturally raises questions, and this period isn’t any different. After all, we’re talking about a teenager who committed to a school only to withdraw his pledge just a month later. But as long as it involves the ‘Cuse, you’ll find my analysis here.